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Innovative restoration of coral reefs helps protect Caribbean islands

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:08:30 EST ~ Researchers have measured the protective role of coral reefs and field-tested a solution that reduces coastal risks by combining innovative engineering with restoration ecology. Find out more...

New study sheds light on the the dark side of Hong Kong's most lucrative seafood trade

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 10:27:32 EST ~ Hong Kong is the global hub for the more than USD 1 billion Live Reef Food Fish Trade (LRFFT), much of it unreported and unregulated with serious consequences for vulnerable species, food security and livelihoods in Southeast Asia. Find out more...

Coral reefs are in trouble: How can people adapt?

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 09:08:52 EST ~ An international team of scientists has developed a strategy to boost people's ability to adapt to climate change. Find out more...

Scientists pinpoint how ocean acidification weakens coral skeletons

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 15:40:07 EST ~ The rising acidity of the oceans threatens coral reefs by making it harder for corals to build their skeletons. A new study identifies the details of how ocean acidification affects coral skeletons, allowing scientists to predict more precisely where corals will be more vulnerable. Find out more...

A 'marine motorhome for microbes': Oceanic plastic trash conveys disease to coral reefs

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 14:08:48 EST ~ For coral reefs, the threat of climate change and bleaching are bad enough. An international research group has now found that plastic trash -- ubiquitous throughout the world's oceans -- intensifies disease for coral, adding to reef peril. Find out more...

How climate change weakens coral 'immune systems'

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:00:21 EST ~ Researchers have demonstrated how two separate effects of climate change combine to destabilize different populations of coral microbes -- that is, unbalance the natural coral 'microbiome.' Find out more...

Recent advances in understanding coral resilience are essential to safeguard coral reefs

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:19:09 EST ~ The most urgent course of action to safeguard coral reefs is to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, but concurrently there is also a need to consider novel management techniques and previously over-looked reef areas for protective actions under predicted climate change impacts. The conclusions were reached following a comprehensive review of the literature on the mechanisms of potential coral resistance and recovery across scales from global reef areas to the microbial level within individual corals. Find out more...

Rising temperatures turning major sea turtle population female

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:14:08 EST ~ Scientists have used a new research approach to show that warming temperatures are turning one of the world's largest sea turtle colonies almost entirely female, running the risk that the colony cannot sustain itself in coming decades, newly published research concludes. Find out more...

The window for saving the world's coral reefs is rapidly closing

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 15:35:14 EST ~ For the first time, an international team of researchers has measured the escalating rate of coral bleaching at locations throughout the tropics over the past four decades. The study documents a dramatic shortening of the gap between pairs of bleaching events, threatening the future existence of these iconic ecosystems and the livelihoods of many millions of people. Find out more...

The Caribbean is stressed out

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 17:06:43 EST ~ Forty percent of the world's 7.6 billion people live in coastal cities and towns. A team of marine biologists just released 25 years of data about the health of Caribbean coasts. The study provides new insights into the influence of both local and global stressors in the basin, and some hope that the observed changes can be reversed by local environmental management. Find out more...